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Hulu will soon let you find and control shows using Alexa

Hulu will soon let you find and control shows using Alexa

Hulu has announced that it will soon support Amazon Alexa, enabling subscribers to find and control shows using the personal assistant. The support will arrive some time this fall, and will require both a Fire TV and an Echo device, according to Hulu. Assuming you have both, you'll be able to ask Alexa to turn on a specific show or network, pause or play the show, and more.

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BMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next year

BMW will put Amazon Alexa in its vehicles starting next year

BMW has teamed up with Amazon to integrate Alexa into its vehicles, enabling drivers to use the digital assistant for playing music, getting directions, and more. Alexa will be arriving in both BMW and MINI vehicles sometime around next summer, marking the latest expansion for Amazon's popular assistant. Of course, no separate app will be needed to use the in-car Alexa.

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Big Mouth Billy Bass gets an intelligence boost with Alexa

Big Mouth Billy Bass gets an intelligence boost with Alexa

The wall-mounted animatronic fish that makes visitors cringe when they spot it in your home will soon be far more capable than anyone ever imagined. Amazon has announced that Alexa will soon power the fish known as Big Mouth Billy Bass, enabling it to order items from Amazon, control your smart home gadgets, answer questions, and whatever else you use Alexa for.

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Amazon’s new Echo brings multi-room audio and a stylish new design

Amazon’s new Echo brings multi-room audio and a stylish new design

Amazon has unveiled the next-generation version of its Echo device, a smaller cylindrical tower with a classier design and $99 price tag. Unlike the original Echo, this second-generation update features a cloth design not unlike what we find on Google Daydream devices. The new model boasts better sound quality versus the original smart speaker, and it is joined by a bundle discount on additional Echo devices.

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Amazon’s surprise event makes new Echo likely

Amazon’s surprise event makes new Echo likely

Still got any gadget enthusiasm left between Apple's iPhone X aftermath and Google's upcoming Pixel 2 launch? Amazon is hoping the answer to that is yes, since it's holding an unexpected launch in Seattle today. The retail behemoth is playing exactly what's on the agenda close to its collective chest - though we're holding out hope for Jeff Bezos spending three hours talking about Whole Foods' new hot counter food line-up - but we have a few ideas as to what we can expect.

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Alexa is now on the Amazon Music mobile app

Alexa is now on the Amazon Music mobile app

It's a match made in heaven and yet it took this long to happen. Alexa has already been taking orders requests on Echo and Fire devices to play your favorite music or discover new ones. The one place it has remained absent from was on your smartphone. Not anymore. Amazon has finally announced that the Amazon Music app on Android and iOS now has Alexa integration so you can say instead of type the music you want it to play.

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Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Amazon Alexa smart glasses could be retailer’s next big thing

Despite having coffers as large as Google, more or less, Amazon is less trigger-happy when it comes to hardware not directly related to its core business of selling people stuff. Especially after it got burned so hard by the Fire Phone, pun totally intended. Its success with its Echo line of speakers, however, may have emboldened Amazon to make a leap of faith again, this time by putting its Alexa assistant on your face, via its own spin on the smart glasses wearable.

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New Amazon Fire HD 10 adds Alexa hands-free

New Amazon Fire HD 10 adds Alexa hands-free

The tablet segment may have stalled, but Amazon believes there's still room for an impressively potent, surprisingly affordable Android model. Welcome, then, the Amazon Fire HD 10, the newest update of its 10.1-inch slate, with a 1080p Full HD display and quad-core 1.8 GHz processor. The headline specs might be speed, but the price is just $149.99.

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Stylish FABRIQ Chorus speakers let you activate Alexa by voice

Stylish FABRIQ Chorus speakers let you activate Alexa by voice

Long before the surge of speakers and accessories pleding allegiance to Amazon’s smart assistant, FABRIQ’s cloth-covered wireless speakers were already speaking Alexa’s language. Launched last year, the FABRIQ Riff gave consumers a more portable and more aesthetic alternative to the Amazon Echo. This year, FABRIQ is taking its game to the next level with Chorus, which brings more power to this bigger speaker, including the ability to call Alexa using only your voice.

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South Park episode plays epic prank on Amazon Alexa owners

South Park episode plays epic prank on Amazon Alexa owners

It was bound to happen. People smarter, or more paranoid, than us have already pointed out how these always listening speakers are disasters waiting to happen unless their manufacturers quickly plug up holes and perfect their voice recognition systems. Nowhere has that warning been brought to its most comical conclusion than in a recent episode of South Park that has Amazon’s Echo devices going crazy everywhere. Fortunately this time for laughs rather than hair-tearing frustration.

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Alexa, Siri are easily hacked, you won’t even hear it coming

Alexa, Siri are easily hacked, you won’t even hear it coming

Voice-controlled smart assistants are all the rage these days. Just look back at IFA 2017 to see how many devices were proud to announce support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri (via HomeKit). They are admittedly pretty convenient and powerful, but those same strengths might actually be their Achilles’ heel as well. Chinese researchers have demonstrated that Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant can be easily told to do things without the knowledge, much less permission, of their owners. All by saying commands that no human can actually hear.

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Amazon Alexa is clearly the star of IFA 2017

Amazon Alexa is clearly the star of IFA 2017

As the dust of IFA 2017 settles down and exhibitors and companies pack up and head for home, we take stock of everything that greeted us in Berlin the past few days. If you haven’t yet, go ahead and take our top picks in SlashGear’s Best of IFA 2017. But in the midst of all the phones, gears, and whatchamacallits scattered throughout the convention, there seem to be something that kept on popping up nearly everywhere. Almost like a ghost, it couldn’t be seen nor touched, but it was definitely heard, loud and clear. Amazon Alexa has come of age and Apple, Google, and Microsoft better take note.

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